From November 27th to December 20th 2017, a group of SenseLabbers travelled across four different cities in Brazil in order to meet with local and international collaborators around issues pertaining to alter-economies, the neoliberalization of the university, governance and the redefinition of resistance, bringing together our work on altereconomies (3E Process Seed Bank) and our study of schizoanalytic techniques for collective action.
Nov 27-Nov 29 – Several members of the SenseLab participated in the conference VII Seminario Conexoes: Deleuze and Cosmopolitics and Radical Ecologies and New Earth and… See schedule here: https://seminarioconexoes2017.hotglue.me/program
Brian Massumi and Erin Manning have been asked to open and close the first day of the conference with talks, and have decided to both give talks on the concept of immediation. How to move such concept into a Brazilian context, particularly as concerns the current shut-down of social and cultural services, the encroaching fascist tendencies, the takeover of the government, the unfunding of the university, questions of racism and the legacy of slavery, pockets of resistance, etc. Erik Bordeleau gave a talk on the notion of liquidity in altereconomy.
Dec 1, 5pm - Workshop and launch of Brian Massumi’s book What Animals Teach Us About Politics (Portuguese translation) at Casa Liquida http://www.casaliquida.com
Dec 2, 2pm – Erin Manning, Brian Massumi and Christine Greiner facilitated a discussion around micropolitics and minor gestures at Galeria Formosa.
Dec 3, 4-7pm – A meeting was organized at Casa do Povo with the participation of Andre Silva, Karla Cordoba and Ranulfo Sobrinho for a discussion around alter-economies and digital currencies. The Occupy Wall Street movement raised an essential question that we haven’t quite been able to answer yet: how to occupy an abstraction? Financial capitalism hangs above our heads like an extractive cloud that escapes our grasp. It uses monetization as the mechanism by which social, cultural, and ecological values are reduced to one kind of value, the economic. How can we shift from the individual precarity generated by extractive finance to new forms of relationship with financial technologies? Ranulfo Paiva Sobrinho has been analyzing the evolution of blockchain technology since 2009. Currently, he is helping private and public institutions to learn about blockchain and cryptocurrencies in order to build DAOs and other blockchain applications. Ranulfo is co-founder of www.gospiral.net and post-doc researcher at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Karla Córdoba Brenes is an entrepreneur, author and consultant with 10 years of experience in communications, sustainability and community development. Singularity University Alumni and co-founder of Sustainability School (www.sustainability.school) and Spiral (www.gospiral.net), two initiatives related with new types of money, complementary currencies and blockchain. Spiral allows any group of people with a shared socio environmental purpose to design, launch and maintain their own digital currency on blockchain, under their own rules and values. Spiral is contributing to create a more decentralized and resilient economic system based on what people value the most. André Silva is an independent researcher and educator working in the field of sustainability and development of human potentials.
Dec 4, 8:30pm – The SenseLab and Suely Rolnik met for the first time and discussed some of the issues and concepts developped in Rolnik’s recent article published with e-flux (link below). The conversation happened in Rolnik’s house.
Dec 6, 10am – Francisco Trento (Immediations collaborator) Ph.D. defense at PUC University.
Dec 6, 7pm – Brian Massumi gave a talk building on the translation of What Animals Teach Us About Politics at PUC University. The portuguese translation was launched at Casa Liquida just a few days before.
Dec 7, 3pm – Andre Fogliano (Immediations collaborator) Ph.D. defense at PUC University.
Dec 9-11 – A series of events, gatherings, reading groups focusing on schizo-economies, driven by the following question: What are the ways for engaging with what we will have done so far on immediation, alter economies, Three Ecologies and schizoanalysis, folding in Bianca Scliar’s students and the concept of the anarchive? We decided to read the first chapter of Andre Fogliano’s dissertation (on the political events of 2013 in Brazil). Supplemented with two articles by Renato Noguera (afro-perspectivism) and one short passage from The Undercommons (Stefano Harney and Fred Moten). The work of the event was to anarchive. This event was in part co-facilitated by Immediations collaborators Bianca Scliar and Zila Muniz, and their respective students. The participants met in various locations every morning and every afternoon for reading and discussion sessions.
Dec 11, 2pm – Launch of Inflexions 10 “Exhaustion”
Dec 12, 6pm - Curated event with Bianca Scliar’s students and some SenseLabbers. Fabulation, a modality of the alteration of attention that modulates memory, creating an array of truths interlaced with the landscape. Artist talk by Immediation collaborator Matthew-Robin Nye entitled “Crashing Worldings Together. ” Address: Florianopolis, rua visconde de ouro preto 431.
Other participants included: Marcos Klann (Rebirthing ou Para Anderson João), Wagner Monteiro: Vamos durar um passeio?), Mayra Morales & Diego Gil (Atravessamentos), Sarah Ferreira (Jogo dos Poliedros), Daniela Carvalhaes Carmona (Trigemelar), Cintya Floriani (Metamorfosis e Procedere), Rachel Chula (Um rastro, uma trilha, restos), Thaina Gasparotto (Impaciência da Espera), Rafaela Herran (À Flor da Casca), Vinicius Viana (Orí- Eu vejo gente e gente não me vê), Thaís Gonçalves Santo (Demasiado Chiclete Humano), Angela Stadler (Leitura dramática de O Universo e Tudo o que nele está contido), Celine Pereira (Jogar na Linha), Lab.Ei, Marcela Pereira, Bianca Scliar, Fábio Mello, Amanda Góis, and Felipe Ferro (NoPronto).
RIO DE JANEIRO
Dec 14, 4pm – Gathering/Potluck with artists, activists, researchers and psychotherapists at Ana Vitoria’s Studio (Coordinator of the School and Faculty of Dance Angel Vianna). Their research focuses on feminism and performance; schizoanalyzis and the clinical; awareness of movement (José Gil); performance and the favelas. During this gathering we were invited to take part on a Lygia Clark proposition with fruits (Canibalismo, 1973) facilitated by Ana Vitória. This gathering was hosted by Ana Vitória and Hélia Borges (professor of Studios of subjectivity and corporeity at Angel Vianna Faculty). Address: Rua Real Grandeza 46 , House 01, Botafogo.
Dec 15, 2pm – Luiza Guimarães invited the SenseLab to visit the Museu do Amanhã. It was an opportunity for us to see an important aspect of the city and its gentrification.
Dec 19, 2pm – Visit of the Museum of the Unconscious founded by Nise da Silveira. Born in Alagoas, Nise da Silveira was a nurse and occupational therapist that directed one of the most terrible and huge hospices in Brazil, located in Rio de Janeiro. She was one, if not the
first mental health worker, to start the anti-asylum practice and the dismantling of the psychiatric power in Brazil. A sweet woman, surrounded by cats (she wrote a book entitled “Cats, the feeling to deal with…”), she started to dismantle the hospice by providing to the “kidnapped from society” activities like painting, sculpture and other fine arts activities, with no intention to cure or do “labour therapy” with the interns of the hospice. The Museum of
Unconscious is located today at the same place that once was the asylum, a place that still carry the marks of the social injuries produced by the asylum and eletroconvulsive therapy. Instead of that, Nise offered her affect, cats, inks, clay with no professor or guidance to force a framework to the users.
Dec 19, 4pm – The favela is the anarchive! MV Hemp Hemp invited the SenseLab to participate in a event organized in the favela Morro do Sossego. It was an opportunity to make a strong connection with the community and to materialize the parainstitutional/ anarchival ways of the favelas in relation to Rio’s archives.